Date: Aug 03, 2011
Press Release Number: 49-2011
Promotion Part of Restructuring to Provide More Streamlined Chain of Command
Includes Two New Inspectors, Nine Captains and 11 Lieutenants
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today presented new police shields to 38 members of its police department at a promotion ceremony at the Frank R. Conwell Middle School in Jersey City, N.J.
The promotions included two new inspectors, nine captains, 11 lieutenants, one detective sergeant, 14 sergeants, and one detective.
On hand for the ceremony were Port Authority Chairman David Samson, Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni, Director of Public Safety/Superintendent of Police Michael Fedorko, and other senior executives of the bistate agency.
Calling the officers “the new leadership of the department,” Chairman Samson told them they have the support of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners.
“Today we honor and recognize the newest leaders of the Port Authority Police Department. Each day, millions of commuters and travelers rely on the Port Authority to get them safely to work, to visit, and to their families and workplaces. It is clear with this new group of leaders, we are in the good, strong hands of the PAPD. The Board of Commissioners is dedicated to ensuring that these men and women, and all the people of the PAPD, have the resources and support they need to keep us all safe.”
Executive Director Ward said, “As we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11 we need only reflect on the commitment to public safety and dedication to duty that the Port Authority Police exhibited on that awful day – including the 37 officers we lost – to appreciate the awesome responsibility our police assume. They deserve our support, our respect and our profound appreciation.”
Deputy Executive Director Baroni said, “Every day, more than one million people use our airports, bridges, tunnels, terminals and rail system, and this extensive network also helps support billions of dollars in commerce and trade. These dedicated and highly trained law enforcement leaders will play a critical role in helping to secure our facilities and protect the people using them.”
Superintendent Fedorko said, “Today is a proud day for the Port Authority Police. These law enforcement officers accept new responsibilities to help lead one of the finest departments in the nation as it works to protect those who live in, work in, or travel through the bistate metropolitan region.”
He said the promotions are part of a restructuring of the department designed to provide a more streamlined chain of command, with a smaller number of senior police commanders.
Created in 1928, the Port Authority Police Department has approximately 1,700 officers and commanders with full police powers in both states. Its responsibilities include law enforcement, the protection of life and property, and the safety and security of Port Authority facilities.
List of the promoted officers:
Captain to Inspector
Lieutenant to Captain
Sergeant to Lieutenant
Dominic Acque, Jr.
Sergeant to Detective Sergeant
Police Officer to Sergeant
Jason W. Bailey
Vincent L. DeSimone
Scott W. Erickson
James P. Graf
Edwin F. Manigbas
John L. Passarotti
Kenyetta A. Pichardo
Scot E. Pomerantz
Police Officer to Detective
CONTACT: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Bill Cahill, 212 435-7777
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is self-sufficient and does not receive tax dollars from either state, operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Port Authority-Port Jersey Marine Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.